Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Photos of Union Station, in Saint Louis, Missouri

UNION STATION IS A FORMER passenger train station in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri. It is now a hotel and tourist shopping mall.

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

This Romanesque Revival wonder was designed by local architect Theodore C. Link, who was inspired by Richardson Romanesque, the French walled city of Carcassonne, and Neuschwanstein castle.

The station opened in 1894, closed in 1978, and reopened as a mall in 1984.

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

In the foreground is the allegorical fountain 'Meeting of the Waters' by Carl Milles.

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Tiffany stained glass window showing allegorical figures of San Francisco, Saint Louis, and New York; the three greatest U.S. cities of the era.

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Union Station in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The floor is glass and lit from below.

3 comments:

  1. There's a lovely sculpture garden of Carl Milles's works outside Stockholm, on the web at Millesgården (English language version). Perhaps his best known work is The Hand of God.

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  2. There's no better demonstration of the downward spiral of the train travel industry than comparing this beautiful complex with the shack that currently serves as the Amtrak station in St. Louis.

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